Latest posts by Obelixx

Pruning Philadelphus Belle Etoile

Posted: 24/06/2017 at 09:52

Those are the stems that will flower next year so leave as many as you can and just shorten them a bit if too long.   As a general rule, you prune back the stems that have flowered as soon as flwoering finishes then give it a feed to encourage the new stems that will flower next year.

You can also remove a third of the oldest stems right back to the ground to keep the plant in bounds and airy and this way you renew it every 3 years without having a poor flowering year.

GW 22nd June 2017

Posted: 24/06/2017 at 09:49

Met too.  Watched it late last night and he never mentioned surprise at being able to grow anything, just how clever the design was and the planting and the use of colour and landscape borrowing  and how it was a great way to manage a long thin garden which many terraced houses have, whether grand or small.

I thought he explained the design principles very well and was enthusiastic about it all.

Loved the West Dean bit.  I shall make OH watch that part so he can see what can be done in 5 years and then we can calm down and do one project well at a time.  He gets bored and heads off to do a bit here and a bit there and he's the one that has to do the heavy lifting before I can plant anything.

Did not understand Monty planting a tree fern given that in a normal winter his garden is cold and gets flooded.   Don't see the attraction myself as it seems to me the foliage is practically identical to native ferns that can cope without coddling.

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 24/06/2017 at 09:31

BIt of a Hosta night here but for external reasons.  Didn't get to bed till 2am cos I got distracted doing some stuff for my old dance club.  When I did get to bed I read a while then nodded off, only to be woken by some critter screeching outside our window.  Couldn't tell what - maybe an apprentice barn owl but very static so maybe another critter.

5am cuddles from Cosmos and then later on, after I'd dozed off again he had hysterics and attacked my feet and got a claw stuck!  Ouch.  Got up and fed them both then full on hysterics and a cuddly Rasta too.  I shall be zombie-like later on.

Off to La Tranche-sur-Mer today as they have a bit of a marine fest going on with a flea market and demos and so on.  We shall explore and see if we can get to teh sea this time and have a nce lunch somewhere before coming back to mess about with furniture and watering.   Cool and cloudy spells today so a bit more comfy than last weekend for strolling.

Busy - arthritic bits don't sound too good but you can help it with diet and exercise.   Works for me - so far.

DD - hope you get everything done to your satisfaction and that Charlie can help and feel included.

Dove - good job you ike tennis.  Good time of year to be sofa bound.

Greetings all.  Hope you have a good day.

Holiday distress

Posted: 24/06/2017 at 00:12

When I first started in my last garden - a blank canvas of former cow pasture - I would leave pots in a kiddies paddling pool with water in shade at the back of the house.   As my collection of pots grew and included permanent pots as well as cuttings, divisions, babies etc, I took to gathering them all at the shady back of the house along with hanging baskets and window boxes so they could be watered by a sprinkler on a timer.   I led a second hose pipe to a sprinkler in my greenhouse.

You can set this up with an outside tap, a simple, battery powered Hozelock timer and a Y connector to allow two feeds or just buy a ready made system that suits your needs.

I did, just once, ask a neighbour's 18yr old to water my pots but she didn't grasp that she had to count to 30 with the hose pipe gun for the big pots and 20 for the medium etc.  I came home to a lot of crispy plants and learned my lesson tho many did eventually recover with lots of TLC.   

Any ideas on this plant ?

Posted: 23/06/2017 at 16:50

Photos seem not to be working at the mo.  have to wait for the tech team to fix it.

School sent home a plant

Posted: 23/06/2017 at 15:31

I see the photo glitch is back.  Hope the techies fix it before they disappear for the weekend..

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 23/06/2017 at 14:40

Normal service has resumed here.  Cooler night so woken by Cosmos at 5am for cuddles.  He's spent the last few nights sleeping on a windowsill in front of an open window.   21C to about midday at Les Sables d'Olonne and 28C now we're home.  We went to the street brocante/flea market for a looksee and found me a comfy pair of sandals at 50% off in a posh shop run by an ex-Parisian just opposite where we parked.  

Thence to the flea market where a chap was selling ends of ranges of crystal water glasses from factory closures.  OH not impressed but I was so will go back when he's not looking.   Found a lovely galvanised watering can for 12€.  It will be upcycled in due course.   Would have cost a lot more in Belgium where they've caught on.

Not had lunch yet.  Oh says he has a dicky tummy and since this is about the 3rd time in his life this has happened he's very much "Woe is me" and flaked on a sofa.   No idea what he's got cos I'm fine.

Enjoy your day off Chicky.  Well deserved.  

Rebecca - I've had cinnamon and honey on my Greek style yoghurt almost once a day thru winter to help boost my immune system.  Brilliant.  

Busy - when do you expect the results of your scans etc?

Have fun winding up, or down, for the weekend everyone.

School sent home a plant

Posted: 23/06/2017 at 14:11

Try resizing the image as there's a size limit to what will upload.

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 22/06/2017 at 23:20

Have you got mud?  Make you feel you're there.

Ants on clematis, one plant brown and crispy

Posted: 22/06/2017 at 22:55

Ants thrive in dry conditions and actually introduce aphids to plants and then protect them against predators so they can farm the honeydew they produce and feed it to their young.

I suspect you need to give the clematis a thorough drenching and then keep its rootball moist but not drowning.    You can deter ants with chemicals they take back to the est and which then kill them or you can encourage them to move on by watering with a solution of 5 litres of water mixed with one small bottle of essential oil of cloves. 

You can find recipes for garlic spray online if you google but it's a smelly beast.

The crispy stem may be due to it being snapped at the base or having its bark stripped by slugs or snails.   Remove it and feed your clematis some liquid tomato food to help it recover.

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